At different times I taught humanities, social sciences and pre-vocational education.
In the 21st century when few of us stay in the same job all our lives, I would like to think there was flexibility so teachers could become social workers, or foster carers become teachers.
I do recognise that, where recruitment difficulties persist, teachers can be put under great pressure.
You have got to attract the brightest and the best, but the brightest and best won't stay unless they see real career options.
My Department has already recognised this and has been working specifically on the technical support issue since January and will offer advice to schools during the Autumn term.
If we can modernise the workforce, make them better qualified, have this framework of qualifications, then I think they have a very good case for more money.
There is a shortage of teachers but the January 2001 schools census showed that teacher numbers were at their highest level than at any time since 1984 - and 11,000 higher than 1997.
What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again.
I think film is a very powerful advocate and message carrier.
I am confident that the vast majority of teachers will work with us towards achieving that goal.
Before this government came to power, many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on in a pattern of continuing failure. The government is determined to break that pattern and is successfully doing so.
My focus and that of all members of the Government responsible for delivering services to the public is to make sure that the public sector can use all the skills it needs to do the job the public wants it to do.
OFSTED has made large cuts in the paperwork which schools are asked to provide and further steps to reduce the bureaucratic burden will be introduced in September.
We do recognise the need to move towards the publication of information showing the progress made by pupils from one stage of their education to another.
The need for improved technical support in schools has expanded as the Government and schools have increased their investment in information and communications technologies.
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